TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio zoo has given Russian names to its
tiger cubs born in late September.
The Toledo Zoo said in a news release Wednesday that Viktor and
his sister Talya are doing "grrrrrrrreat." Their names reflect
the eastern Russia primary habitat of the critically endangered
Amur (ah-MOOR') tigers, formerly known as Siberian tigers.
Zoo officials say the name Viktor means "conqueror" and Talya
means "birthday." The cubs weighed in at around 20 pounds each at
their most recent check-up, and keepers say their confidence and
coordination have been increasing. They enjoy pouncing on their
mother's tail or climbing on her when she lies down.
The zoo hopes to put the tiger small fry on display in January.
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